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PsychCentral has an interesting article about AutoTutor, a software application developed at the University of Notre Dame. The app use artificial intelligence to improve learning outcomes by identifying student misconceptions about a subject and proactively correcting them.
Sidney D’Mello, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at Notre Dame, states:
“Most of the 20th-century systems required humans to communicate with computers through windows, icons, menus, and pointing devices.”... “But humans have always communicated with each other through speech and a host of nonverbal cues, such as facial expressions, eye contact, posture, and gesture. In addition to enhancing the content of the message, the new technology provides information regarding the cognitive states, motivation levels, and social dynamics of the students.”
The riddle of educational software has perplexed educators and software developers since the advent of computers. This approach using AI is an interesting direction.
Thanks to Walter Bender for the heads up.